Buying a house means; a feeling of ownership and our comfort zone. As a homeowner, we can create memories and live in peace for a long. However, a house needs care and attention, proper maintenance, and repair from time to time to save us from many future disasters.
As a property owner, you might know that the most significant issue you can face is the cracked and weak foundations of the house.
The foundation is the base of any real estate structure, and it is a base on which the entire structure is built and relies on it, even the solid ground for proper working. Foundations can get damaged more in areas with moisture – when moisture leaves the soil unevenly, foundations can crack, shift and split with conflicting forces.
However, with little care and maintenance, homeowners can keep their families and themselves safe from mishaps. Visit our blog on interior design ideas to make your house look more appealing without risking lives of the residents. Now the question is; how can homeowners detect the problem and check the foundations? And how to maintain the foundation of the house for a long?
Tips to maintain Home Foundation
With lots of things to take care of, it becomes hard for homeowners to maintain everything. Worry not! Realtorspk.com has penned down a complete property maintenance checklist so you can keep your house intact and ultimately get the best return upon resale. So let’s have a look:
- Regular House Inspection
- Plot Slope Examination
- Repair Leaks
- Proper Drainage System
- Keep a check on water level
- Check for the tree roots
- Planting plants near House is a big No
1. Regular House Inspection:
Cracked walls and floors are the results of weak foundations of the house. If you see any crack in the wall, it means it is time to maintain the house foundation at immediate notice. Any gaps or cracks in the house can make it difficult to resell your home and make it vulnerable to collapse and risk the lives of residents.
A regular inspection does not mean you have to check for cracks daily. Take a walk around your house, especially after the rainy season, and examine the section of the walls that touches the ground. After checking the wall, it is crucial to look for signs like pest infestations, peeling paint, and walls bending on one side.
2. Plot Slope examination:
In Pakistan, some areas are sloppy and uneven. The Pothohar region, which includes metro cities like Rawalpindi, is one example of these sloppy lands. Homes are usually built on rough ground and sloppy downward yards. The houses are built in these ways to ensure the even water flows downwards. Moreover, it keeps water away from the home to keep moisture at bay, particularly in the rainy season.
Therefore, it is essential to check the slope of the plot and inclined area for any signs of moisture, cracks, and damages, particularly after monsoons. Even if you find that damage is already done, it is still best to check it and call an expert for damage control and save the basic foundation of your house. Read our blog on floor plans for house design and get best ideas to construct your house.
3. Repair leaks:
Water causes most of the damage to the foundation of the houses, and plumbing water leakage is one of the most common damages. A plumbing leak can lead to excessive water leakage seeping into the house’s base.
There are many minor issues of plumbing that you can repair yourself; however, any leaks that remain behind the walls can cause problems to the foundation of the house with time. Therefore, it is important to call the plumber at once whenever you see the water pooling on the ground for no proper reason or issue. Moreover, please take notice of the lack of water pressure in any area of the house, as it can be a sign of leaking water in pipes behind walls.
4. Proper Drainage System:
As we said earlier, water-related problems can cause significant damage to houses. Therefore, it is essential to check any water seepage in the house. A proper drainage system is a crucial element in maintaining the structure. Install and maintain a smooth and functional drainage system throughout the house. A smooth and functioning drainage system will not allow the pooling water to seep into the ground, and the foundation will stay safe from destabilization.
If you still find the water pools around your home after a rain, call the plumber or relevant expert about what you can do to control the damage. You can consult them to build a proper drainage system that allows water to flow away from the house.
5. Keep a check on the water level:
After the above-mentioned instructions, many people get the idea that having moist ground around the house is a terrible thing, but the truth is a bit different. The soil moisture and damage to the foundation varies from region to region. For instance, if your house is built on moist clay and your region is facing a dry spell that might cause more damage to the home. It can cause excessive dryness and may result in concrete splitting and cracking at the end.
Therefore, it is recommended to water the foundation in the harsh dry season and keep the excessive damage out of the way. If we comprehend it in easy words, we can say that dry land is as harmful to the foundations of any house as it is to extra moist ground. So you have to keep a check on the water levels and act accordingly.
6. Check for the tree roots:
Having large trees and green areas in backyards and gardens look very pleasing, but it also means you will need to keep a sharp eye on the root growth of the trees. Trees spread their roots under the ground, and they can even break the solid concrete land and eventually cause cracks in the house’s floor and foundation.
It means your beautiful garden can threaten your lovely house and damage the integrity of the living place. Therefore, it is essential to check the roots of the trees and take them to the curb before it reaches the house foundation. Balconies also make our house beautiful without damaging its structure, read our blog on types of balconies for more information.
7. Planting plants near house is a big NO:
Replanting and planting in the garden are common, and homeowners should be careful while doing so too close to the house. Ensure that you are planting the shrubs and bushes at a proper distance from the walls.
You can work things out smoothly in two simple ways, and it will prevent the excess water from the plants from seeping into the soil near the house foundation. Moreover, it will also ensure that plant roots do not damage the floor and foundations of the house.
Let’s wrap it up!
So that’s all for now! These little care and maintenance measures can keep your house foundations intact and ensure the safety and security of your family. It also adds to the value of your house at the time of resale. Read our blog on things to consider before real estate investment in Pakistan for guidance.
Damaged and cracked foundations can become a painful and expensive house repair. Therefore, it is essential to maintain the sturdiness of the house with regular care and little effort.
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